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i only go front to back, never switch sides, radials once they turn in one direction for a while like to continue to roll that way. It will run smoother and always balance out.
That is a myth. Well it was true with the first radial tires that were built decades ago, but with the current technologies you cna rotate them how ever you want.

At work we almost always rotate front to back, unless there is uneven wear. When I do mine at home, I look at each of my tires and then determine where it needs to go.

As for rotation:
Cars: 7500
Performance tires: 6000
Light truck tires: 6000
A/T and M/T's: Most will be fine rotating at 6000, if they are wearing unevenly then rotate more often.
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so i did the X way, and WOW my tires are SOO loud now lol.. Its crazy.. was not expecting the tires to get louder..
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They'll quiet down once the wear evens a little bit
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so i did the X way, and WOW my tires are SOO loud now lol.. Its crazy.. was not expecting the tires to get louder..
yeah mine got louder after the first rotation but they quieted down again
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yeah, also put the new sway bar end links on .. Seems that I have alot of steering wheel wobble at and above 45mph.. Not sure if that will go away with the tires wearing a little or if maybe i tightend the end links too much?
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When I rotated them on my Powerstroke they got A LOT quieter. The fronts were MT MTZ's I think, and they were worn uneven because of the camber I have. SO I rotated them to the back and it was like night and day difference in ride quality and sound levels. I just need to keep them rotated and wearing evenly.
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I do mine in a X. Just how I've always done it
X2 this is how my dad tought me :)
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The proper way is straight back to front then cross front to back. However, I usually just rotate them straight back to front and straight front to back because it is easier. I also look at the wear pattern and will cross rotate if needed. It is not very often that I need to cross rotate. If you rotate every 7K to 10K miles and the front end alignment is good, just switching straight front and rear will work well.

There was a time when reversing the rotation direction of the tires (cross rotation) was a bad thing, but not any more.
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i grew up at a tire store, with RWD vehicles u cross the fronts to the backs n bring the backs straight forward. then opposite with fwd cars
You got it!!

These are the 2 ways I've always done it for fwd and rwd vehicles. Crossing the tires allows the tire to rotate opposite the way it did for X number of miles since the last rotation.

I've always been in the habbit to rotate my tires every second oil change (approx every 10,000 km's, about twice a year)
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pretty much just switch the tires diagonally
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with my MT's i rotate when they start to get cupped, usuall 1500-3000 miles, never longer than 3k. my superduty had 38's and i rotated every 1500 religiously
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